Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: “a feeling of contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior”

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disdain

Found In: “All-American Girl” by Julia Alvarez line  7 – “disgust, disdain-feelings I had yet to feel”

Explain: The word disdain means not showing respect because you are not important or good enough. This helped me understand the poem because it shows me that the speaker has not been disrespected yet but she doesn’t want to be disrespected so she tries to make herself more americanized.

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